Biden will hand over authority to Harris while under anesthesia in hospital
U.S. President Joe Biden will temporarily hand over power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday while he is under anesthesia at a hospital for a colonoscopy, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki. This was announced by White House press secretary Jen Psaki on November 19.
This will be the first time the vice president has been temporarily transferred since the Biden administration took office in the United States.
“The president will go to Walter Reed Medical Center this morning for a routine physical. While the president is there, he will have a routine colonoscopy. As was the case with President George W. Bush in 2002 and 2007, and in accordance with the procedure set forth in the U.S. Constitution, President Biden will transfer power to the vice president for a short period of time while he is under anesthesia,” Psaki said in a written statement.
Earlier in the day, it became known that Biden would go to Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland for a routine medical checkup.
In September, the American leader began to cough for a long time during one of his speeches. After which Psaki said that Biden’s frequent coughing during speeches was not cause for concern.
However, back in December 2020, Web users noticed Biden’s prolonged coughing during a speech. As one commenter counted, Biden coughed 17 times in 14 minutes of his speech. He interrupted his speech several times, apologizing to the audience and assuring them that he only had a slight cold. And by the end of his speech, the Democrat was hoarse.
Joe Biden, 78, became the oldest president in American history. His health has repeatedly become the subject of discussion.